Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is felt by many people to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Dominated and shaped by a highly intelligent but frustrated and ambitious father, his story sees the development of a unique genius, from precocious and often endearing childhood to liberated fulfilment, unexpected poverty as money slipped through his fingers, and a tragically early death. Generously illustrated by Mozart’s music, from his fifth to his final year, this biographical portrait reveals a fascinating yet elusive character, drawing richly on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him. Audio samples are contained in the text: just tap to listen while you read.
About the Author
Jeremy Siepmann is an internationally acclaimed writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster. He has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works (including The New Statesman, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine). His previous books include a widely acclaimed biography of Chopin, two volumes on the history and literature of the piano, and biographies of Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven.